Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah

Why Beat the Willow?

When tradition is silent, symbolic explanations arise.

The Ritual of Beating the Willow

How did this Sukkot tradition develop?

Strengthening Bonds

We draw closer to God as the month of Tishrei draws to a close.

Joshua Chapter 1: A New Leader

The Haftarah reading for Simchat Torah.

Closing the Season of Repentance

Hoshanah Rabbah, the seventh day of Sukkot, marks the thematic end of the High Holiday period.

The Prayer for Rain

Connecting physical and spiritual needs at the end of Sukkot.

Bringing The Cycle To An End

The end of the fall holiday season looks forward to redemption.

Sukkot History Up to the Second Temple Period

Observances in ancient times were associated with the land.

God’s Nostalgia

At the end of Sukkot, rejoicing to prove a point

Shemini Atzeret 2019

Concluding the High Holiday season with joy.

Stuffed With Blessings for Sukkot

CSAs, holiday reflections and a bonus family kreplach recipe!